June 17-23, 2018
St. Olaf theater camp is designed to learn about the many facets of theater from creative professionals and explore everything from acting fundamentals to stage combat with others who love theater as much as you do.
This camp is an exciting, fun-filled experience where we stress the collaborative nature of live theater. Through teamwork, we create a safe environment that encourages participants to think creatively and expressively. Our goal is to teach, guide, and nurture the emerging theater artist as well as those interested in learning about the theater. This is a low-stress, high-energy experience. Come and have fun, make new friends and learn about the art and craft of theater on the beautiful St. Olaf campus in historic Northfield, Minnesota.
Students of all levels leave camp feeling more experienced in multiple areas of theater. In addition to classes and rehearsal – all taught by talented instructors and guest specialists – the camp schedule includes nightly social activities. No prior theater experience is required.
An Advanced Theater Workshop is being offered. This workshop provides an opportunity for students to focus on taking their experiences to a higher level. See additional information below.
Session, Fees, and Registration
June 17-23, 2018
For boys and girls entering 7th – 12th grade of Fall 2018
* Stage Combat
* Musical Theater
* Intro to Tech Theater
* Movement Class
Advanced Workshop Option $75
For boys and girls ages 15 – 17 or those who attended a St. Olaf Theater camp in the past
Advanced Workshop Features:
* Monologue Exploration: Instructors will work with campers to select and break down a monologue.
* Scene Study: Work on a scene from an established play.
* Musical Theater: Workshop focusing on the audition experience and characterization through song.
* Advanced Stage Combat Class: In this class, campers explore more advanced techniques in stage combat. Participants will safely learn how to integrate stage combat into storytelling and character development.
* Advanced Movement Class: Movement and body awareness on stage and how this relates to the creation of a character.
* Technical Theater: Explore what goes on behind the scenes; look at scenery, lighting, sound and costume design.
Campers are housed two per room and may request a specific roommate. Roommates need to request each other on their registration form. Camp space is filled on a first-come basis and spots cannot be held for a late-registering roommate.
Camp Fee Includes:
Lodging, meals, and camp t-shirt. Campers are housed in comfortable, secure students residence halls. Bedding and bath towel are provided. Instructors and counselors live in the residence halls and provide 24-hour supervision. St. Olaf employs a professional security staff that is on duty 24/7.
Register now with our secure online form or complete a printable registration form and send it via mail. Registrations are accepted until capacity has been reached. When completing the online form please see options below.
Option 1: Pay in Full
At the conclusion of the registration form, you will be asked to submit credit card information. Once submitted, the full amount will be paid.
Option 2: Submit Deposit Only
At the conclusion of the registration form disregard the payment section at the end and close out the window. The registration form is still saved and submitted. Once closed, go to the make-a-payment link and submit a minimum $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your swimmer’s spot today. Registration is not officially accepted until completed registration form and deposit is received on the same day. Payment must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to camp start date.
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of camp start date; substitutions are accepted.
Meet the Staff
Mishia B. Edwards,
Artistic Director – Mishia’s work can be seen in and around the Twin Cities. She is a professional director and arts educator who has experience working with all ages and skill levels.
Production Director – Todd is a freelance designer and fight director. He is a St. Olaf theater department faculty member as well as its technical director.
Instructor – Laura is a Theater, English, and Women’s Studies Major with a concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies in the class of 2018 at St. Olaf. She has been both camper and counselor since 2009.
June 17-23, 2018
Check-in Sunday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, final showcase, Saturday, 1:00 pm, check-out Saturday, 3:00 pm or at the conclusion of the showcase.
Bon Appetit – Stav Dining Hall
Meals are prepared by Bon Appetit. Healthy options include the salad bar, grilled meats and veggies, and hot entrees, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, a deli station, soup, and dessert station. There are plenty of food options for vegetarians, gluten-free, and other specific needs. However, if you have a specific food allergy, please email us so we can get your camper connected with the kitchen.
Do you like good food? So do we! Four schools across the country, St. Olaf being one of them, with food service operated by Bon Appétit Management Company were placed on the Princeton Review ‘Best College Food’ list this year. Campers will have the chance to taste the amazing creations, experience and service from our friends at Bon Appétit! Check out this article to learn more about their recent accomplishment!
Transportation, Additional Housing, and Non-Residential Option
Frequently Asked Questions
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How many campers attend theater camp?
Are scholarships or financial assistance available for students in need?
Yes, financial assistance will be offered to Minnesota participants through the MN Office of Higher Education.
Are there auditions?
Are there campers from out-of-state?
About 20 percent of the campers are from states other than Minnesota, a number that grows every year.
What is the gender breakdown of a typical theater camp?
Typically 1/3 boys to 2/3 girls.
How many campers are at camp?
Up to 40 campers should be expected at camp.
Will participants be allowed to travel around campus alone?
Campers are informed to travel with a buddy during movement between breaks.
What are your cell/smartphone and other electronic devices policy?
Cell phones and other electronic devices are not prohibited but should be used only during free time.
If a participant drives themselves to the program, can they leave whenever they want?
No, at check in the driver’s keys are turned in and given to the directors of the camp. If they wish to leave, a note must be provided by their guardian in advance.
Do you have enforceable consequences for prohibited actions?
Campers who break rules are sent home.
My child is one year too young for camp. Can he still register?
We maintain a wait list and if there are still openings prior to the start of camp we will fill positions with younger students. Call the camp office to get your name on the list. 507-786-3031.
What if my child is on medication?
Although camp counselors can hold the medication in a locked room, counselors cannot administer the medication to the camper.
All campers must be able to administer their own medications.
Does St. Olaf provide transportation to campus?
Please email the camp office to inquire about transportation.
May I use a credit card to pay for camp other than online.
No. In order to meet regulations, we can only take credit cards using our online form.
What is the refund policy?
Written cancellations (post, fax, or email) received four weeks prior to camp start date will receive a refund less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee. No refunds are given within four weeks of the camp start date, but substitutions are accepted.
What if you need to cancel due to a medical circumstance?
Doctors note and written request will need to be submitted. Once received and confirmed, refund/credit will be submitted on a case-by-case basis.
What if camp gets canceled?
Any camp not meeting the minimum enrollment week prior to camp start date will be canceled and notification will be sent. Some camps may have earlier deadlines and either a refund/credit towards another camp will be offered if the camp is canceled.
Where is St. Olaf College located at?
St. Olaf College is located 40 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area in historic Northfield, Minnesota. Call the conferences, camps, and events office at 507-786-3031 to inquire about transportation options to and from the airport and/or refer to our website for further information.